#WWW Wednesday – 21 November 2018

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.

I can’t believe November is two-thirds gone! Septemberand October seemed so long to me, but this month has flown past! I’m well on my way to completing the ARCs I have due by the end of the year, as well as finishing up my Australian Women Writer’s Challenge. So yay all around!

What have you recently finished reading?

I read ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost, and it was so fun! I actually wasn’t expecting to be able to take it too seriously, but I got quite invested! You can read my review here. I have the first book in the series still to read (this one was an ARC and the release date is this Friday, hence my reading it first), so I plan to read it over the holidays.

What are you currently reading?

This answer hasn’t changed much from last week!

I am about a quarter of the way through Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi. So far overall it’s okay but there are little things bothering me, like the fact that this is based in Greek mythology, but keeps referring to Greece, as though the country existed at that time. And I’m not really getting much of a sense of the Greek mythology aspect coming through. You could replace the names and this could be any fantasy. But we’ll see if it picks up.

Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend continues to be delightful. I feel like everyone needs a Jupiter North in their life, who goes on grand expeditions to prove to you that you are more than you think you are.

On audio, I am still listening to The Midnight Watch by David Dyer. I’m finding I have to be in the right mood for it, but it is  still quite interesting. I’m finding the character of Captain Lord of the Californian quite interesting. I don’t know if the historical figure was like this, but in the book he’s basically blackmailing his subordinates into lying about them seeing the Titanic’s distress rockets.

What do you think you will read next?

I have owned a copy of Olmec Obituary by L.  J. M. Owen for ages, and so I picked up the two sequels when I saw them at the library today in the hopes I  will then read all three and tick that off my TBR. The fact that I already had the cover uploaded to this blog suggests I have planned to read it at some earlier stage and never got around to it, so it will be good to finally make a start. Owens is a local author and one of the locations in the book is apparently slightly based on my workplace, so it’ll be fun trying to spot those references!

What are you reading this week?

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Book Review: “‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas” by Jacqueline Frost

Title: ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #2)
Author:
Jacqueline Frost
Genre: Cozy mystery
Target audience: Adult
Date Read: 14/11/18 – 17/11/18
Rating:
★★★

Review:

Okay, I have to be honest, I went into this book not expecting too much. I thought the story would be a bit OTT, and that I wouldn’t be abe to take it too seriously, but that I wouldn’t mind, because it’s a Christmas story and you can get away with that in Christmas stories.I didn’t expect to get really invested!

When Holly’s best friend, Caroline, is accused of the murder of Derek Waggoner, whose body is found in a giant bowl of mints at the town’s annual Christmas Lights ceremony, Holly sets out to prove her innocence. But doing so attracts the attention of the killer, putting Holly in danger for the second Christmas in a row.

While this is the second in a series, it stood alone well enough. The book filled me in on the details I needed to know from the previous book, and most of the focus was on the events of this one.

As i said, I got quite invested in Holly and her friends. I wanted Caroline to get out of jail. I wanted to know why Sherriff Gray seemed to have pushed Holly away after kissing her quite publicly and dramatically last Christmas (I actually really loved Sherriff Gray a lot just in general). Even the minor characters had really distinct personalites and I really enjoyed getting to know them.

I was a bit annoyed that when the murderer is finally revealed, they have a big villain monologue while they train a gun on Holly. I did raise my eyebrows a little bit at the suggestion that the real Santa did have something to do with  Holly getting out alive, as well as a few other Christmas miracles. But hey, didn’t I say you can get away with a lot in a Christmas book?

I do have the first book  in this series on my Kindle and I intend to read it closer to Christmas (when I am hopefully through my ARCs and have finished my 2018 challenges). I’m definitely looking forward to revisiting Mistletoe, Maine, even if I am doing it in the wrong order.


(Thank you to the Publishers and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for a review)

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WWW Wednesday – 14 November 2018

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.

This has been a good reading week for me! I hit my GoodReads 2018 Challenge of 75 books. Some of them were shorter reads, but I liked them nonetheless.

I do have to apologise if I don’t get around to many of your posts this week. I’m doing an intensive course at uni this week, and while we’re over halfway, it’s still pretty full-on. 

What have you recently finished reading?

I finished All Aces by Ellie Marney and thus the Circus Hearts series. I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the previous two but it was a good ending to the series. You can read my review here.

I then went on to read A Ghost in the Glamour by Elizabeth Hunter. This is the first installment in the Linx and Bogie series, which was recommended to me by a colleague. Bogie is the ghost of a LAPD investigator who was killed in action  in 1952, and he is somehow attached to a medium called Linx, who is an artist in the present day. 

Last but not least,  I finished All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill on audio. I liked this one! The time travel stuff wasn’t too complicated but at the same time, it told a really good story.

I also posted my review of Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge, the second in the Spellwork Syndicate series. I loved this one; I think it was one of those times when the perfect book comes at the perfect time.

What are you currently reading?

I finally started my ARC of Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi. I’ve had this for months so of course I’m risking not finishing it before the release date. I am only on Chapter 2 but it’s a queer retelling of the legend of Atalanta if that’s something you might be interested in.

I am also reading Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend because I’m currently doing a lot of screen time and needed a paperback to give my eyes a rest. I honestly don’t know how Jessica Townsend does it. This one is just as delightful as Nevermoor! I am just filled with joy and wonder every time I pick it up.

On audio, I have started The Midnight Watch by David Dyer. This is historical fiction about the SS Californian, which was nearby when the Titanic sank and did not go to assist. My mum recommended this to me months ago and so far it is really fascinating. The chapters alternate between a journalist after the fact trying to figure out why the ship never responded, and chapters from the perspective of the Californian crew immediately after the tragedy.

What will you read next?

I’ve just checked NetGalley and decided it will be ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost, which I’m hoping will stand alone even though it’s a second in a series. I’ve realised it releases a few days before Outrun the Wind, and if I skip reading the prequel, I might just have them both read in time for  their releases. And then I can read the prequel to  this closer to Christmas.

What are you reading this week?  

#WWW Wednesday – December 27, 2017

It’s time for WWW Wednesday! This blog hop is hosted by Sam over at A World Of Words. Link up with us by commenting on Sam’s post for this week, and just answer the three questions.

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I totally thought I posted last week, then I found last week’s post sitting in my drafts a few days later, which explained why no one had interacted with it. So there is the last two weeks of my reading.

What have you recently finished reading?

I accidentally powered through my Christmas books and forgot to save them for reading over Christmas! I finished both What Happens at Christmas by Evonne Wareham and Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber and I enjoyed them both quite a lot.  My reviews are here and here respectively.

Warcross by Marie Lu was next. This was fun, though it did feel a bit like a series opener. I predicted one of the twists but not the other one, and even though I called it, it didn’t actually affect my enjoyment. I’ll definitely continue with the series as it comes out.

After that, I read Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian. This was a great YA contemporary about two teens dealing with mental illness and helping each other through it. The ending was maybe not the greatest, but it was really good mental health representation (along with supportive parents and a healthy attitude towards medication, amongst other things).

On audio, I finished Vicious by V. E. Schwab. I honestly have no idea how I felt about it. I mean, it was kind of an addictive read but I didn’t agree with anything the characters did so I was constantly cranky at them… the thirteen-year-old showed more sense than any of the adults…

My reviews of The End by Lemony Snicket and Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy also went up since my last post. Click the titles to read them.

What are you currently reading?

I just started False Awakening by Cassandra Page. This is the sequel to  Lucid Dreaming which I read last year. I have only read the first chapter at the time of writing this, but I do enjoy Cassandra Page’s writing style, so I think I will enjoy it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not sure yet. I have a couple of ARCs that release fairly early in the new year so I should probably get onto  those. Not sure what I’m  in the mood for at the moment, though.

What are you reading this week? 

~ Emily

Book Review: “Merry and Knight” by Debbie Macomber

Title: Merry and Bright
Author: Debbie Macomber
Genre:
Romance
Date Read: 16/12/17
Rating: ★★★

Review:

For obvious reasons, it’s fitting that this review will be going live on Christmas Day. I wanted something nice and fluffy and Christmas-y to read, and this fitted the bill. I ended up reading it all in one sitting.

Merry Knight’s life is crazy  and she has barely any time for herself, or for romance, so her brother and mother sign her up for a dating website. There she meets Jay, and there is an instant connection. But when they decide to meet, she discovers that Jay is someone she would never have wanted a relationship with…

I did find that at the start of the book, there was more telling than showing as Macomber introduced all the characters and their motivations.

However, as the story went on and the conflicts became apparent, it became an addictive read. It’s not a mystery to the reader who Jay is, as he has his own point-of-view chapters alternating with Merry’s, and I did find seeing the two sides of him fun. It got maybe a little convoluted in the last third with some mistaken-identity-type shenanigans (except not… I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers).

The story takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas and the Happy Ending takes place on Christmas Day. There was nothing especially unique in this story, but it was definitely still enjoyable and a sweet Christmas read.